I've found the perfect dog and the perfect breeder...I'm on a waiting list now for a rough collie. I THINK that it's a perfect breeder anyway! My puppy is guaranteed to be tested for CEA, PRA, DM, CN, DMS, and MDR1. None of their collies are carriers of CEA or MDR1 though, which is very promising IMO. The pups are raised with a TON of children, which is fantastic since I have young nieces that visit every weekend.
I'm hoping that this pup will be my hiking and walking partner in the future, so I want to do my best to get him used to the world. Every sight and sound...I'm now realizing what a huge task that seems to be! Any tips for socializing a pup from the get-go?
I'm also worried about the barking...I hear that these guys are barkers. I'm more than willing to take on the task of teaching him not to bark, but I can't find much on whether they are harder to train in this aspect than others.
Also, when to begin obedience training?? He will be 8 weeks when I get him. Of course he'll need all of his shots first, but is there a crucial window I will be missing if I wait too long to take him to class?
My breeder said that puppies generally cry a LOT during the first few nights at home. What can I do to make his nights in his kennel more comfy? I'm afraid that if I put a soft bed in his crate to lie on, he will just rip it up as puppies do. Also...water in the crate?
I'm a bit lost on what the best food for him would be...the food that the breeder gives her dogs is about $80 for a 20 lb bag. I'm not living in poverty by any means but that's a LOT of money!!